About Us

Our mission is to highlight and help facilitate the power of photography to influence the world.

We help photography to be better understood, created, utilized, seen, and saved.

PhotoWings is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to utilizing the power of photography to further deep thinking, communication, and action. Our extensive online content and PhotoWings Outreach Programs have a myriad of educational applications and possibilities.

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PhotoWings Video Highlights:

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Suzie Katz – The Healing Power of Photos

At PhotoWings, we are passionate about the power of photography and the many ways it can enrich our lives. In this video, president and founder of PhotoWings Suzie Katz tells us a personal story of how photography was a great help to her, her husband, their friends and family during his challenging illness. She shares how she used old photographs to create a series of Memory Boards -- collections of pictures from her husband's life -- to help him in his battle to fight harder, help conversations with visitors flow easier by giving them comfortable things to talk about, and to humanize him to the doctors, nurses, and hospital staff. Memory Boards are tools which can be utilized in both happy and difficult times for a wide variety of situations, and, in this instance, are a great example of how photography can intersect with the growing field of Medical Humanities.

Legacy – Reasons to Care About Family Photos

PhotoWings Founder and President Suzie Katz shares a personal story about discovering a lost family treasure nestled in her old family photo albums. The experience reminded her of the importance of caring for our old photographs, and the potential for these images to further enrich our lives.

Andrea Bruce – Lessons in the Field

PhotoWings spent the day with award-winning photojournalist and Harvard Nieman Fellow Andrea Bruce while in Bali for the 2015 Foundry Photojournalism Workshop. Andrea, an instructor at Foundry, has worked with many prestigious organizations, such as National Geographic and the Washington Post, and is a co-owner of the photo agency NOOR. Andrea shares valuable insights about creating compelling narratives, critical thinking, earning trust, perspective, and the importance of fixers to the work of photojournalists. We followed Andrea and her local fixer Wayan Tilik as she got acquainted with the island of Bali and researched potential stories for her students.

Visual Storytelling – Foundry Photojournalism Workshop

At the 2015 Foundry Photojournalism Workshop, eight renowned instructors spoke with PhotoWings about the art and importance of visual storytelling. With a wealth of experience between them, they discuss what it means to them, how they do it, and what they are able to accomplish with it.

As we feature a small sliver of this work throughout the video, we encourage you to explore the accompanying image gallery to learn more about these journalists, their images and the stories they represent.

Featuring:
Kael Alford, Thorne Anderson, Andrea Bruce, James Whitlow Delano, Tewfic El-Sawy, Ron Haviv, Henrik Kastenskov, and John Stanmeyer

Selected PhotoWings Outreach Program Partners and Grantees

The Lost Rolls America project, founded by award-winning photographer, Ron Haviv, opens the magical reencounter with the past to anyone who possesses unprocessed film rolls. Contributors provide one roll of film, which is developed and scanned free of charge by FUJIFILM North America Corporation, and returned to them. Participants then choose one image and, in a small write-up, explore the meaning of the photo and the significance of re-viewing a piece of their personal, sometimes lost, past. Ultimately, these observations offer points of identification, through descriptions of similar memories or associations, for other viewers of this collective experience.

Lost Rolls America ensures the creation of a national archive of images from the public’s lost rolls of images that were never developed at the time of picture taking—and were then forgotten—and acts as a digital repository of visual memories living on PhotoShelter’s unique platform. This is a form of collective memory that prioritizes the role of photos in constructing our personal and shared pasts. In revisiting the past, this project also encourages contemplation of how the present and future will be remembered: Which artifacts do we use to record and remember history? How do these artifacts evolve with time? In what ways has the shift from analog film to digital impacted our relation to our own personal memories?

PhotoWings’ partnership with LRA and Generation Human Rights explores the heightened role photography plays in how we document and remember our personal and shared pasts through a national high school curriculum, applicable to visual culture studies, civics, and social studies. The curriculum supports visual exhibitions, presentations, and dialogue on the value of old photographs and cross-generational communication. The LRA archive will tour across the United States.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are developing an engaging online platform of fun, educational activities around photography, memory and family designed for parent and guardian-led instruction.

The Everyday Projects is a network of photographers and educators who have built social media narratives through stories of everyday life around the world that delight, surprise, and inform as they confront stubborn perceptions.

Beginning with Everyday Africa in 2012, the concept quickly spread to all corners of the globe, with dozens of @everyday feeds on the continent, region, country, city, and even neighborhood level: from Latin America to Asia, Iran to the USA, Rio to the Bronx — all with the goal of promoting local norms and celebrating global commonalities. 

The Everyday Projects use photography to challenge the stereotypes that distort our understanding of the world. They use classrooms to connect students to communities from disparate parts of the globe and foster mutual acceptance. In doing so, they are creating new generations of storytellers and audiences that recognize the need for multiple perspectives in portraying the cultures that define us.

PhotoWings has partnered with The Everyday Projects to develop visual literacy, empathy and communication skills through a variety of education initiatives and events, including the organization’s website, a book and educational supplement, theatre projects, a series of educational videos and a curriculum designed for middle and high school students.

Global Nomads – A collection of educators and students fostering dialogue and understanding  among the world's youth, Global Nomads Group works at the  intersection  of  cultural exchange, international education, and conflict resolution. PhotoWings is partnering with them to create and utilize photography-based curriculum and programming.

Ashoka and AshokaUAshoka builds and cultivates a community of change leaders who see that the world now requires everyone to be a changemaker and collaborates to transform institutions and cultures worldwide so they support changemaking for the good of society. A pioneer in the field of social entrepreneurship with a network of over 3300 systems-changing Ashoka Fellows working in 93 countries.  PhotoWings has partnered with Ashoka U, Ashoka’s the university-based initiative of 37 carefully-vetted Changemaker campuses, to create projects using photography as a tool for self-discovery and as a bridge to unite generations, disciplines and cultures. Our lnSights grant was awarded to 9 winners in 4 countries with several grantees receiving new funding to create related projects and toolkits for replication, adaptation, or inspiration. PhotoWings has also supported the Ashoka Future Forum and is currently partnering with Start Empathy and its network of Changemaker Schools using the power of photography to foster deeper communication.

Photoville is New York City’s FREE premier photo destination. The annual festival is a modular venue built from re-purposed shipping containers. By creating a physical platform for photographers of all stripes to come together and interact, Photoville provides a unique opportunity to engage with a diverse audience — a veritable cross-section of the world’s photographic community.

Blue Earth Alliance - A fiscal sponsor non-profit that raises awareness about endangered cultures, threatened  environments  and  social  concerns  through  photography. PhotoWings has funded mission-relevant equipment and business training for its project photographers, as well as the video documentation and sharing of four Collaborations for Cause events where cutting-edge content producers and front-line organizations come together to explore how to harness the  power of an evolving media landscape.

Foundry Photojournalism Workshops - Photojournalism workshops that bring some of the world's most-respected photographers and photographic professionals to different parts of the world to train mostly local photographers in visual storytelling, fostering their ability to document their own communities. This will be our seventh year as primary funder and proud partner of this diverse and emerging international community. PhotoWings has extensive interviews with all faculty on our website, along with several Lessons In The Field videos.

LOOK3 Photography Festival - "Peace, love, and photography." LOOK3 celebrated the vision of extraordinary photographers, ignited conversations about critical issues, and fostered the next generation of artists in its time. PhotoWings had been proud to partner with the festival, supporting video documentation of presentations for posterity and accessibility to a wider audience. Presentations can be viewed on our website.

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